Pattern Change - Companion Gardening

By: sullivanweather , 3:42 PM GMT on April 25, 2008

Garden Series

Blog 1: Planning the Garden
Blog 2: Cool season crops

In the first two blogs of the gardening series we have discussed planning the garden for organic growing and cool season crops. This blog in the garden series will delve into companion gardening. Over the years gardeners have discovered that certain plants, when grown together, augment each other's performance or help to repel pests such as insects and caterpillars. However, there are certain combinations of plants that hinder each other. This blog will help you select which crops should be planted with one another to maximize the performance of your organic garden.


Beans - Beans come in two types (excluding lima beans), bush and pole. Bush beans are what their name implies, growing pods on bushy plants while pole beans grow as twining vines and will need support from a trellis, fence, posts, or anything they could wrap their vines around. One of the 'three sisters', beans add many benefits to the garden, including another member of the 'three sisters' - corn. Beans add nitrogen to the soil which corn, a very heavy feeder, will find beneficial. Bush beans should be planted in rows in between corn while pole beans can actually twine around the corn stalks, using them as support. Beans also have shown to be of aid when planted with cabbage, cucumbers, summer savory and especially carrots. Beans dislikes include any member of the onion family. Pole beans also are hindered by kohlrabi and sunflowers. In an odd twist, beets and bush beans grow well together, however, beets will not grow well pole beans.

Beets - As mentioned above, beets will grow well with bush beans but not pole beans. Onions are also of benefit to beets, as well as lettuce and cabbage. Kohlrabi also is friendly to the beet plant for they both require the same growing conditions and take nutrients from different levels of the soil. In addition to pole beans, beets to not grow well with field mustard.

Broccoli - A member of the cabbage family that does well growing amongst aromatic plants such as dill, camomile, sage, peppermint and rosemary. Vegetables that perform well with broccoli include, potatoes, beets and onions. Broccoli dislikes tomatoes, pole beans and strawberries.

Cabbage - Cabbage covers a wide range of vegetables which include broccoli, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts. As discussed in the broccoli section, cabbage finds mutual benefit from a variety of aromatic herbs and vegetables which helps to repel pests such as the white cabbage butterfly. Cabbage is a heavy feeder and lots of compost should be worked into the soil before planting cabbage along with regular bouts of compost added into the top layer of soil or appropriate amounts of organic fertilizer. Cabbage dislikes pole beans, tomatoes and strawberries, so try to avoid planting them together.

Carrots - Carrots do best when planted along side tomatoes. Both crops serve as mutual benefit to one another by helping to add nutrients to the soil to help each other grow as well as tomatoes help to shade carrots from the heat of summer. Long bouts of hot weather will cause carrots to lose their sweetness and crispness. Carrots, when planted in summer under tomatoes for the fall, will survive the first several frosts and freezes being a cold tolerant plant. So once the tomatoes are killed off by frost they will have the benefit of full sun late in the season. Carrots enjoy the company of onions, leeks and herbs such as rosemary or wormwood which repels the carrot fly whose larvae attacks the young rootlets of carrots.

Cauliflower - Celery when planted amongst cauliflower will repel the white cabbage butterfly. For all other cauliflower info see cabbage

Celery - Celery grows well with leeks, tomatoes, cauliflower and cabbage. Remember that cauliflower and cabbage do not grow well together, so when planting the celery amongst tomatoes and cabbage/cauliflower make sure to put the celery in between those plants. Celery should be planted in a trench as opposed to a hill or row and could be planted in a circle so that the roots make a bed for beneficial garden dwellers such as earthworms.

Collards - Collards do well planted with tomatoes due to the propensity for tomatoes to repel the flea beetle the number one pest of collards. For all other information on collards see cabbage

Corn - Corn grows well amongst a wide variety of vegetables including, potatoes, peas, beans, cucumbers, pumpkins and squash. Squash varieties of crops gain benefit from the shade the stalks provide during hot summer days. Peas and beans grown with corn add nitrogen to the soil which is used by the corn, which are extremely heavy feeders. Tomatoes should not be planted with corn due to a common pest - the tomato fruitworm or the corn earworm. Cucumbers, pumpkins and squash planted around corn will help to deter raccoons, which find those plants offensive.

Cucumber - Cucumbers grow well with beans, peas and radishes. The beans add nitrogen to the soil which cucumbers will feed off of. The radishes repel cucumber beetles which are a very voracious pests that will decimate young cucumber plants. Sunflowers may also be grown with cucumbers as they will shade the plants preventing them from wilting during hot dry summer days. Cucumbers dislike potatoes and should be grown far apart in the garden due to a blight that cucumbers develop via the potato plant. Cucumbers also dislike aromatic herbs.

Eggplant - Eggplants are a delicacy of many pests which could very quickly eat their way through the leaves of the plant leaving them unable to photosynthesize, eventually killing the plant. Leaf hopper beetles and Colorado potato beetles are the main pests that will decimate the eggplant. Bush beans help to repel the potato beetle, while a hot pepper and garlic spray can be used to help repel other pests. To make the hot pepper spray, crush hot peppers and garlic cloves together and set inside water. After 24 hours strain and add enough water to make a spray that will be sufficient to mist your plants with an initial spray, after rainfalls or whenever pests arise. Use the strained peppers and garlic to add to the soil around the base of the plants which aids in pest prevention as well.

Kale - A member of the cabbage family, kale seeds can be sowed following the harvest of spring peas and beans and can be grown amongst cabbage or potatoes. For other information see cabbage

Kohlrabi - Grows best with onions and beets as well as aromatic herbs. Kohlrabi can also be grown with cucumbers for their roots occupy differing soil strata. Kohlrabi is also a heavy feeder, requiring lots of water and compost and will benefit from filtered sunlight. Kohlrabi dislikes tomatoes, pole beans and strawberries.

Leeks - Leeks grow well amongst celery and onions and share a mutual benefit with carrots, which repel the carrot flies that attack them. Leeks are heavy feeders and should be planted in a bed rich in humus and compost.

Lettuce - Lettuce grows well with strawberries, cucumbers and carrots. Radishes planted amongst lettuce make them especially flavourful. Since radish repel cucumber beetles a section of garden containing cucumbers, radish and lettuce are an unbeatable combination. Since lettuce is a cool season crop they will require shade during the height of hot summer afternoons. Onions grown alongside lettuce will help to control rabbits, if rabbits are a problem in your area.

Onions - The onion family, which includes chives, shallots, leeks and garlic, is a great companion for many common garden crops due to their aromatic properties and their inability to rob the soil of its nutrients. They grow well with all members of the cabbage family, beets, strawberries, tomatoes, lettuce and summer savory. Just about the only plants onions don't get along with are peas and beans.

Peas - This legume performs great in most gardens due to the shallowness of its roots and the fact that they don't need much soil amendment, although wood ashes help greatly in controlling aphids which can be a pest of peas. Peas grow well with a wide range in crops including carrots, radishes, cucumbers, turnips, potatoes, beans and corn as well as many aromatic herbs. However, they are detrimental to the onion family.

Peppers - Sweet bell peppers grow well with basil and need to be stakes or caged for their stems are quite fragile and can be broken by their heavy fruit. Hot peppers have little known pests, although some moth and butterfly larvae may attack a few of the fruits. Usually the plants produce enough fruits to lessen this issue. Hot peppers and sweet peppers should not be planted together as your sweet peppers will not be as sweet as originally planned.

Pumpkins - Although most pumpkins are grown for jack-o-lanterns come Halloween, pumpkins are a nutritious high yield squash that can be used as a side dish or in pies. Pumpkins grow quite well with corn and dislike potatoes.

Radish - Radishes can be a gardeners best friend if you particularly like cucumbers or any member of the Cucurbit family. Radishes protect these plants from the cucumber beetle which can decimate cucumber and cucurbit family crops which include the melons, pumpkins and squash. Radishes also prevent the two-spotted spider mite when grown with tomatoes. Radishes also grow well with kohlrabi, pole and bush beans. Lettuce makes radishes more tender while garlic juice prevents disease. Radishes do not grow well with hyssop and should not be rotated with members of the cabbage family.

Squash - These members of the cucurbit family will find benefit when planted with radish for they deter cucumber beetle infestations. Squashes will also find benefit from being planted next to nasturtiums.

Tomatoes - Tomatoes and hot peppers are perhaps the most widely studied plants and much is known about them. Tomatoes grow well with chives, parsley, onions, basil, marigolds, nasturtiums and carrots. Garlic will prevent red spider mite infestations while stinging nettle will improve their keeping quality. Tomatoes should not be planted next to peppers, members of the cabbage family, potatoes or fennel. Tomatoes should also be kept away from corn due to a common pest - the tomato fruitworm. Crushed tomatoes leaves along with water and a spoonful of cornstarch then strained will make for a fungicidal spray against black spot on roses. Smokers beware! Tobacco contains diseases that tomatoes are susceptible to, so wash your hands before handling tomatoes if you smoke.


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Current watches, warnings and advisories.

Eastern US current watches/warnings


Regional Forecast

Synopsis - Issued 4/25 11:40am

A deep-layer ridge exists along the east coast of North America as a cut-off low pressure spins over the Western Atlantic and a deep trough digs into the Midwest in a highly meridional flow. Several waves of low pressure will ride out of the Plains into the Great Lakes region, gradually breaking down this ridge over the next 3-4 days, bringing an end to this stretch of unseasonably warm and dry April weather experienced over the previous 2 weeks in the Northeast. This warm and dry stretch of weather has led to the development of several brush fires as well as the start of the growing season a couple weeks early across many areas of the Northeast.

Short-term - Issued 4/25 11:40am

Unsettled weather will begin to impact the western half of the region later this afternoon as showers and thunderstorms, aided by a weak mid-level disturbance, develop along a warm frontal boundary that will stall over Pennsylvania and New Jersey as the deep southerly flow pushing ahead of the Midwestern trough weakens. These showers will weaken after losing daytime heating this evening into the overnight and dive southeasterly, becoming incorporated into the circulation around the cut-off low offshore. Further northeast on the lee side of the ridge axis clouds will be sparse in dry northwesterly flow out of Canada.

Mid-term - Issued 4/25 11:40am

Pre-frontal trough will move into the western half of the region tomorrow bringing a renewed chance for widely scattered showers and thunderstorms. 850mb temps warm to 10-13°C over the western half of the region so any breaks in the cloud cover will quickly warm temperatures and destabilize the atmosphere. Over the eastern half of the region there will be a slight increase in high level clouds, but it should be a rather pleasant day over New England. Temperatures will be 5-15 degrees above normal once again. By late Saturday afternoon into the evening the actual cold front will punch into the region with a linear development of showers and thunderstorms likely. Projected CAPE values will be modest, on the order of 500-1,000J/kg, winds aloft are light and any storms that do develop look to be progressive, so severe weather/flash flooding is unlikely. There is a chance for small hail with some of the stronger storms as freezing levels fall below 10,000 feet. As this line of thundershowers pushes into New England it will weaken as it runs into the ridge axis becoming nearly non-existent by Sunday morning. The second half of this weekend should be rather pleasant as the cold front washes out in the ridge axis as it heads offshore. A weak onshore flow along the coastal areas may make for a shallow marine layer which could hold temperatures down and keep cloud cover over these areas. Otherwise skies will be mostly sunny over the region. 850mb temperatures will range from 6-8°C area-wide making for temperatures several degrees above normal once again.

Long-term - Issued 4/25 11:40am

The next storm system will bring a pattern change to the Northeast as it develops over the Mid-Mississippi Valley region during the day on Sunday and quickly moves into the Great Lakes region Sunday night. The upper trough associated with the development of this storm system will take on a negative tilt as the storm pulls into Southern Canada Monday morning, tapping into a very cold pocket of air that will drive into the Northeast bringing an abrupt end to the above normal temperatures. Showers will develop out ahead of this storm system late Sunday night over the western half of the region, increasing in coverage and intensity during the day on Monday. As the sharp cold front pushes into the region on Monday convection will develop along it which could tap into some strong winds aloft (60kts @ 850mb level) bringing damaging wind gusts down to the surface. Behind the front much chillier air will move into the region which could bring snow showers to the higher terrain of the Adirondacks as early as Monday night. The front will continue northeastward into New England on Tuesday keeping rain chances going there cloudy skies over the remain of the region. With the cold pool aloft and strong late April sun, afternoon instability showers will develop, some of which may contain some graupel. Upper level low cuts-off over the region keeping clouds and showers in the forecast through Thursday. Higher terrain locations during the overnight may see snow showers mix in at times. By Friday temperatures will gradually improve as upper low looks to retrograde towards the Great Lakes region, however chances for precipitation will remain as another trough will approach from the west.


Radar: Northeast Region Loop

NE radar


Current Northeast Snowcover

Northeast Snowcover


Local SST's

Northeast SST's

Current SST's off the Northeast Coast.


Great Lakes SST's 4/15/2008

Great Lakes SST's as of 04/15/2008.


Fillipini's Pond conditions (Lake across street)

11/6: 42°F
11/9: 37°F
11/11: 33°F - 1st morning with grease ice on lake.
11/17: 33°F
11/22: 34°F
11/24: 32°F - patchy ice on lake this morning
11/25: 32°F - lake iced over completely, melting along the shores during the afternoon.
12/1: Patchy ice has been on the lake all week. Lake should freeeze over completely tonight.
12/3: Lake is frozen over and covered with snow.

4/4: Lake is beginning to thaw from the shores inward
4/6: Lake is now completely unfrozen.


April Daily Weather Statistics

April 1st - 64°F/41°F....0.46"...25%...0.0"...(>1")
April 2nd - 41°F/27°F....0.01"...90%...0.1"...(>1")
April 3rd - 48°F/16°F....0.00"...80%...0.0"...(>1")
April 4th - 41°F/31°F....0.67"...0%....1.8"...(2")
April 5th - 46°F/37°F....0.08"...30%...0.0"...(>1")
April 6th - 46°F/36°F....0.00"...20%...0.0"...(Trace)
April 7th - 49°F/34°F....0.01"...30%...0.0"...(Trace)
April 8th - 59°F/29°F....0.00"...50%...0.0"...(0")
April 9th - 61°F/31°F....0.00"...90%...0.0"...(0")
April 10th - 64°F/43°F...0.00"...100%..0.0"...(0")
April 11th - 55°F/43°F...0.32"...5%....0.0"...(0")
April 12th - 70°F/42°F...0.44"...70%...0.0"...(0")
April 13th - 46°F/32°F...0.00"...30%...0.0"...(0")
April 14th - 49°F/27°F...0.00"...50%...0.0"...(0")
April 15th - 55°F/26°F...0.00"...95%...0.0"...(0")
April 16th - 65°F/25°F...0.00"..100%...0.0"...(0")
April 17th - 75°F/31°F...0.00"..100%...0.0"...(0")
April 18th - 83°F/40°F...0.00"..100%...0.0"...(0")
April 19th - 81°F/48°F...0.00"...95%...0.0"...(0")
April 20th - 61°F/47°F...0.00"...10%...0.0"...(0")
April 21st - 70°F/45°F...0.00"...95%...0.0"...(0")
April 22nd - 72°F/38°F...0.00"...90%...0.0"...(0")
April 23rd - 75°F/44°F...0.04"...80%...0.0"...(0")
April 24th - 71°F/46°F...Trace...90%...0.0"...(0")
April 25th - 74°F/39°F...0.00"...60%...0.0"...(0")
April 26th - 64°F/52°F...0.09"...40%...0.0"...(0")
April 27th - 63°F/45°F...0.06"...20%...0.0"...(0")
April 28th - 50°F/42°F...1.19"....0%...0.0"...(0")
April 29th - 48°F/36°F...0.08"...40%...0.0"...(0")

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112. Zachary Labe
7:26 PM GMT on May 02, 2008
sullivanweather- Good afternoon!!! 70degrees here with partly cloudy skies. Pretty crazy severe weather last 2 days in the midwest.
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111. cchamp6
3:08 PM GMT on May 02, 2008

Have you ever done a blog that would be instructional with regards to analyzing the models? I look at the different models and I get a basic idea of what is forcasted. I was wondering if you could give some instruction in regards to details. I think most of us know what the red 540 line means, but what do the other red lines mean. What models have surface features vs upper level features. What models perorm better in certain time of the year.

I dont know if this is possible. I have already learned alot this past winter season from you. I ask alot of questions and always get a good answer from you. But I desire more weather info!! This may be too much to ask of you. You may also get swamped by questions from people like me. If this is something that interests you I could come up with many many questions that you could use to get start this.
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110. cchamp6
2:50 PM GMT on May 02, 2008
Good morning Sully,

Very cloudy cool and dreary day here. We had .06" of rain eary this morning. Current temp. is 49 degrees.

I am home today taking care of my wife who had knee surgery yesterday. I checked the garden and it appears as though everything survived the 26 and 22 degrees nights we had. I think the drop cloth tent saved them during the 22 degree night.

I hope the bird is making out ok.
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109. listenerVT
5:19 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
Great thing, Sully!
That's a good number to keep on speed dial!
Sometimes the little creatures need all the help they can get from us. ♥
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108. sullivanweather
4:59 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
We'll be in touch with someone down here.

Last summer we had a pair of baby raccoons whose mother must've bit it or something and we had to give them up to her after we got them down out of the tree they were in. I think we'll call her. We still have her # stored on our cell phone.
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107. listenerVT
4:54 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
If you have any trouble finding a rehabber to talk with, let me know and I'll get you the number of a rehabber here in Vermont.
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106. listenerVT
4:52 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
Sully, tell Kate that there are so few rehabbers for the number of birds needing help that I'm sure someone would be happy to walk her through how best to help the bird and let her do it, if that is at all possible!

I was told by a rehabber here how to put drops in the bird's eye if it had conjunctivitis. There may be something like that she can do.
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105. sullivanweather
4:31 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
Yeah, I agree.

Maybe we'll call someone tomorrow, although Kate may still want to try and rehab her here. I will pass along your recommendation. She's kinda attached to the finchy but I'm sure if I'm able to convince her it's the right thing to do she'll go along with it. We do have a rather large housefinch/purplr finch flock here, over a dozen in total. I am worried about the hawk, though. He's a frequent visitor.
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104. listenerVT
4:25 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
My wildlife biologist son once told me that a bird actually can survive with only one eye,
though it helps if the bird is in a flock to help them keep lookout for predators.
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103. listenerVT
4:23 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
I don't know, but there might be a vet who can assist.
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102. listenerVT
4:22 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
Oh, that does sound bad, Sully.

She needs more help than you can give her.
I recommend you phone the president of the Sullivan County Audubon Society, Valerie Freer if you can find her number, or email her at:

president2 at sullivanaudubon dot org
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101. sullivanweather
4:06 AM GMT on May 02, 2008

I really can't tell what happened to her eye but it's really messed up. Not to get too gruesome, it looks like it's hanging out of its socket.

It is crusty as well, so it could actually be conjunctivitis. I'm not sure.

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100. listenerVT
3:59 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
Sully, are you certain that she hurt her eye in the accident? What does it look like? Is it damaged or is it crusty? Finches are known for getting a kind of conjunctivitis. I'm thinking she may have gotten that first and it blinded her such that she flew into something. Possible?

Did you know that it is *illegal* to keep songbirds? Exceptions are made for rehabbing a bird, but you need to be an official rehabber or under the direction of one.

Call your local Audubon chapter or Institute of Natural Science. They can put you in touch with an official rehabber. Given the eye issue, it may be best for this bird to be under the care of an experienced rehabber. There is a special treatment they can give for the conjunctivitis, and she could get the treatment while healing! She could be good as new in two weeks.
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99. Drakoen
3:29 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
Hey Sully. Just stopping by to tell you that I posted my 2008 Hurricane Season outlook in my blog. You can check it out!
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98. sullivanweather
3:26 AM GMT on May 02, 2008
Good evening, Listener!

The finchy is doing fine. Her wing is still hurt so I think she broke it. She doesn't tuck it up how she does her good wing. I'm thinking that we'll have to keep her for the two weeks, at least.

There is another problem, though. She kind of messed up her eye when she hurt herself, which I had forgot to mention yesterday. So she is blind in that one eye. I dunno if this means that she'll be able to make it out in the wild or not. What is your opinion? Do you think we'll have to keep her because of blindness? I'm really upset about it. I really would not want to keep her because I feel bad for keeping a wild bird in a cage. In the same token I wouldn't want to release her into the wild only to be preyed on because of her disability.

What do you suggest?
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97. listenerVT
9:08 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
A closer look:
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96. listenerVT
9:05 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
Here's the global satellite image for the Indian Ocean: egion=undefined&collection=localwxforecast&presname=undefined
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95. listenerVT
8:58 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
Have you seen Nargis today??
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94. Zachary Labe
8:36 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
sullivanweather- Good afternoon!!! Sun was out this morning. Then clouds and light rain not amounting to anything. And now the sun is coming back out. Strange day! Temperatures and dewpoints have been having weird spikes with this warm front moving around the area.
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93. listenerVT
4:08 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
How's your finch today, Sully? Any news?
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92. sullivanweather
3:45 PM GMT on May 01, 2008

I don't know of any models showing marked frontal locations.

Just follow the isobars, they'll usually mark it out for you.
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91. sullivanweather
3:43 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
Made it down to 25 this morning here. I'm off to work. I'll be back late this afternoon.

I'll most likely issur my next blog tomorrow.
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90. TheShovler3
12:41 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
capped at 23 this morning. so cold!
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89. cchamp6
12:41 PM GMT on May 01, 2008

I have a weather question for you. When looking at the NAM or GFS models how or where would I find a map indicating where fronts are located? I can pretty well guess where they would be, but I am guessing there is a more detailed map showing this.
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88. LakeShadow
12:28 PM GMT on May 01, 2008
a shout out to the folks in Maine...the St. John River crested at 30 ft and flooded over 100 homes, setting records and causing havoc. Here's an AP article about the flood.

Stay safe...hope everyone is ok.
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87. cchamp6
12:03 PM GMT on May 01, 2008

Dang, its cold out there! Morning low temp. 22 degrees. All the way up to 30 degrees currently. If my plants survived these last two morning it will be a miracle. Two of the local Hartford stations were all over my 22 degrees. Lowest temp. in the state.
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86. listenerVT
5:05 AM GMT on May 01, 2008
Hi Sully! Sorry to keep you waiting.

First of all, most birds are ready to fly again by the next day, so let's hope.

Has she attempted to flutter-fly at all?
If she can fly upward as well as straight ahead, she may be ready to go.
Usually a bird just needs to give her wounded pate a little rest first.
If she can't fly by mid-day Thursday, she may have damaged a wing or her shoulder.

I will be home in the afternoon and could walk you through checking her wings for any injury.
I know you could do it, because I was able to do it by verbal instruction,
even though I was very dubious about trying.

If she has a hairline fracture of a wing, she needs to be kept "quiet" for TWO FULL WEEKS before being allowed to attempt flying again,
lest she harm herself further.

I recommend several things to make her more comfortable:
* seeds and a shallow dish of water, changed every day or two.
* at a shop that sells housewares, buy two cheap, identical, rectangular laundry baskets. A light colour is more cheerful than a dark colour.
Place them one atop the other with the openings together, to form a sort of crate.
Use masking tape to make a hinge on one end. This will allow you to open and close the crate for cleaning and replenishing, as needed, with minimal disturbance.
Line the bottom of the crate with newspapers, and one layer on top of paper towels. This way you most often only need to change the paper towels to clean the cage.
Place three or four twigs at graduated levels through the holes in the crate...side to side, and tape them in place a little bit, so they don't rock.
This allows the bird to hop up and down, to ease boredom and allow a little movement, without having to use her wings.

The crate needs to be kept somewhere safe. A screened porch that predators cannot get into would be perfect, to allow her to remain acclimated to the current temperatures. If she gets agitated too much, and flutters about, place a sheet over the crate for awhile to give her a darker place so she will rest.
It is important that she not harm herself further inadvertently.

That's pretty much it. She doesn't need companionship, my son tells me.
She needs to feel safe and to be fed and have water.
Her body will do the rest.

Keep me posted!
I'll check in mid-day tomorrow.
We can work out a way to talk by phone if that would be easier or more helpful.

All the best to you and thank you so much for tending her!
I hope she doesn't already have eggs, but her mate should be able to tend them for a few days.

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85. sullivanweather
1:47 AM GMT on May 01, 2008

Before I left for work this morning I went out to look at my plants to see if the frost had damaged them any. While I was out there I found a female purple finch on the ground that must've flown into a window and was pretty hurt. We put her in a box and fed her some seed which she promptly ate. This told me that she should recover nicely if we try to rehab her.

Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
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84. sullivanweather
1:42 AM GMT on May 01, 2008
Good evening, Champ.

That's good. Covering the plants will help to hold in some ground heat. Take a look tomorrow at the soil under the cloth. If the ground freezes the frost line should be noticeably deeper in the uncovered sections of your garden.
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83. cchamp6
1:20 AM GMT on May 01, 2008
I made a makeshift tent out of a drop cloth. I think everything survived last nights 26 degrees. It looks like we are headed to about 23 degrees. Currently 32 with a dewpoint of 22 degrees.
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82. TheShovler3
10:41 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
low was 27 which was much lower than they said at 33 and definitely affected my lone tomato plant even though i covered it. Oh well i was prepared for that to happen.
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81. cchamp6
9:40 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
What was your low temp. this morning?
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80. cchamp6
9:39 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Hey Shoveler,

LOL, I too will never understand them. Sometimes I feel like I am in a different country then they are. I could drive there in less than two hours.
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79. TheShovler3
9:19 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
freeze warning here tonight. Champ they often break my county up into east and west. I understand the east side is slightly higher in elevation but generally the north on both sides gets more snow as it stays consistently colder. Oh well i'll never fully understand them.
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78. cchamp6
8:44 PM GMT on April 30, 2008

I hear ya. For tonight there is no freeze warning for the northern part. The theory is that the growing season hasnt started there yet. It will be a touch colder there then southern parts. In reality the growing season has started exactly as it has in the southern part. So they havent done there homework as usual. I crack up because the line runs through my house and I gaurantee you that 10 miles north is not one bit different. The locals in Hartford are confused every time they do this. They think there must be a mistake and usually just add the rest of the county. NBC is Hartford uses my temp. on these real cold mornings because I am usually the coldest reporting station in the state.
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77. Zachary Labe
8:33 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
cchamp6- They usually break the counties down according to geographics. For example here in Pennsylvania Erie, Wayne, Centre, Clinton, and Lycoming counties are broken into two due to some distinct geographical features.
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76. cchamp6
8:12 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Good afternoon Sully,

When you start working at NWS in Albany, tell them to stop breaking Litchfield County down into north and south. There is almost no difference at all. Maybe the extreme southern tip is a touch warmer. You would think that there is a huge difference the way they always have different advisories and such. Maybe they could actually drive down and take a look!!
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75. listenerVT
8:11 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
We've had some bits of snow the last two days, but nothing that stayed.

We've also had rain and sunshine at times. Ha!

Sunny now.

We're waiting a few more weeks to really get gardening. But we're ready.
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74. Zachary Labe
7:30 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
sullivanweather- Thanks for your help.
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73. cchamp6
4:26 PM GMT on April 30, 2008

Well the morning low was 26 degrees!! They have a freeze warning for tonight, I guess there should have been one last night as well. Everything in my garden was frozen solid this morning. The top layer of soil was frozen about an inch as well. Everything looks ok now though. Tonight is suppose to be colder. I guess I should cover things up. What are your thoughts. I will be out until around 4 pm.
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72. LakeShadow
3:52 PM GMT on April 30, 2008
Well I'm waiting for the dirt man to come and dump a load in my driveway today. My hub is going camping this weekend so I get to haul 5 yds of topsoil/compost mix by myself. Plants should arrive next week and the week after...seedlings are desprate to get out of their cramped peat pots...soon I can plant, too!!! yay!

I put clear plastic bags over my roses to protect them from the frost. It seems to work pretty well. They have so much new tender growth and they are babies...just survived their first they look good. One more night of covering them and I hope thats it!

I cant wait until this cold nip from the lake goes away. It would otherwise be a beautiful day, but that little 10-15mph breeze from 250 degrees SW is blowing cold lake air over my house and making it unpleasently cold.
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71. TheShovler3
3:15 AM GMT on April 30, 2008
almost another month down and another month with double the normal precip 6.1" of rain this month so far.
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2:18 AM GMT on April 30, 2008
2.81" of rain so far for me today shattered the daily record
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69. sullivanweather
1:11 AM GMT on April 30, 2008

As long as you don't have tomatoes, peppers, corn or any other warm season crop in there you'll be fine.

Broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, onions, potatoes, beets, spinach etc will all survive down to 26-28 degrees w/o problem. Beyond 26 degrees you may start to lose some lettuce but I think you should escape w/o much difficulty.
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68. sullivanweather
1:09 AM GMT on April 30, 2008

I think that you'll definitely enjoy beets. They're delicious and perfect size for those beds you've constructed.

You may want to add bush beans in there with them. They'll get along together.

As far as your other bed goes you may want to save that one to plant tomatoes. I dunno if you like them or have another spot for them, but tomatoes are a staple in my garden.

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67. cchamp6
12:55 AM GMT on April 30, 2008
Ok Sully, thanks.

It rained most of the day. My total for the storm looks to be about 2.5". The rivers and creeks are up. The ground looks to have soaked most of it up.

Temp. is down to 41 degrees with a dewpoint of 28 degrees. Frost advisories are up. I am afraid my temp. here will bottom out around 29 or 30 degrees. Is the garden in trouble? I guess its too late now.
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66. Zachary Labe
7:27 PM GMT on April 29, 2008
sullivanweather- Good afternoon!!! Currently I have onions, lettuce, peas, and blueberries.
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65. sullivanweather
4:16 PM GMT on April 29, 2008

First you have to make sure the animated loop you want to post isn't a javaloop, otherwise it won't work.

If it's an animated GIF or something like that right click on the image and choose properties. In the properties window it'll give you the weblink to that image. Copy it and either use the image tag above the comment box or use the IMG SRC="weblink" HTML code. Make sure the image is 500 pixels wide or under otherwise it'll stretch the blog. If it's over 500 pixels wide you'll have to type width="500" after the weblink in the code.
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64. sullivanweather
4:10 PM GMT on April 29, 2008
I just constructed 2 raised garden boxes that are 2ft by 6ft and 10ft high. I need some advice on what type of soil, composts, etc to buy for it. And what type of vegetables may grow well in it. Thankyou.

Do you have any carrots or beets planted?

I think 3 or 4 rows of carrots or beets would go well. Perhaps you could also put a row of bush beans down the center with a row of beets on both sides.

Tell me what you have planted thus far in your other beds. I don't want to tell you to plant something you already have in.
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63. LakeShadow
2:22 PM GMT on April 29, 2008
13. sullivanweather 12:25 PM GMT on April 26, 2008
Go to the Garden's Alive website. There you will find a plethora of organic pest control supplies you can add to your dirt to get rid of just about anything.

fyi...for $20.00 you can get the vegetable care kit... Its all natural and organic.

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62. listenerVT
4:27 AM GMT on April 29, 2008
engtchde ~

That's no fun!
I'm so glad it wasn't anything ominous after all.
Take care! ♥
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